A Blog Supreme
10:19 am
Fri May 9, 2014

The First African-American Piano Manufacturer

The high-end Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York, now called Langham Place, took in one of Warren Shadd's pianos
Credit Courtesty of Warren Shadd
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Live Music
11:40 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz: Sean Dobbins At Rush Street Tonight!

89.1 WEMU’s free Sesi Motors – Jan Winkelman 5:01 Jazz series springs to life Friday, May 2nd with Drummer Sean Dobbins.

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1:09 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Celebrate International Jazz Day With 89.1 WEMU

Jazz Appreciation Month wraps up on Wednesday, April 30th with International Jazz Day.

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4:25 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

89.1 WEMU Presents: Mr. B Live In-Studio

Marilyn Gouin 89.1 WEMU

Mr. B (Mark Braun) visits the 89.1 WEMU studios to perform with special guests, Lila Ammons & Axel Zwingenberger ahead of their Blues and Boogie Celebration at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan this weekend.

Live Music
11:02 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz: Tumbao Bravo At Rush Street Tonight

89.1 WEMU’s free Sesi Motors – Jan Winkelman 5:01 Jazz series springs to life Friday, April 4th with one of your best-loved Latin jazz bands – Tumbao Bravo

Dance and enjoy the afternoon with your friends!

89.1 WEMU-FM and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman.

Join us for a  5:01 PM celebration music and more on Friday, April 4th

 The show is at the newly renovated  Rush Street,  314 S. Main Street in Ann Arbor.  Admission is free.

7:05 am
Fri March 21, 2014

This Is It

Dear WEMU Friends:    This is it.  The last day of  WEMU's Spring Pledge Drive.  More than $140,000 has been pledged since March 13; if yours was among them, please accept our grateful thanks.  If you have not yet made your gift to WEMU, please do so now to help us raise the last $58,000.

 It will take a record day to meet that last chunk of our goal but we have been here before and we have been successful.

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4:23 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Weekend Watch: Heather Black Project, Moving Pictures, Jimmy Heath and More!

Upcoming Events for this weekend, February 7 - 9

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Live In-Studio
1:39 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

89.1 WEMU Presents: Seth Walker on The Roots Music Project

Credit Robbie Bolog


The Ark's Marketing Director,  Barb Chaffer Authier joined The Roots Music Project's Jeremy Baldwin to talk about the success and a brief history of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival.

Barb also brought a very special guest, this year's Folk Festival MC and musician, Seth Walker.

Seth Walker tops off the conversation with a live performance in the WEMU studios ahead of his solo performance in the spring at The Ark in Ann Arbor.

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The New Jazz Archive
2:56 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Jazz's Great Songwriting Teams


 Tin Pan Alley greats Richard Rodgers and Lorenz HartEdit | Remove

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2:33 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

89.1 WEMU Presents: The Revelers In-Studio

The Revelers

The Revelers appeared live on the Roots Music Project with Jeremy Baldwin ahead of their shows at Centeral Michigan University and The Ark in Ann Arbor this weekend.

6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Angelique Kidjo's Eve: Exceptional Example Of International Collaboration And Women's Culture

Cover of Eve by Angelique Kidjo to be released January 28th on 429 Records

Those who experienced Angelique Kidjo, Lizz Wright and Dianne Reeves appearing as Sing The Truth! at the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival know that Ms.

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6:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

With The Wind And The Rain - Pure Pleasure from Guitarist Joshua Breakstone

Guitarist Joshua Breaksotne, at ease with his new repertoire on the CD With The Wind And The Rain

I decided to look at guitarist Joshua Breakstone’s Facebook Page as I listened to his new CD, With The Wind And The Rain.  His lead photo from his practice room was the atmospheric view over the Hudson River with the New York City skyline in a velvet fog.  That must be a beautiful space because it has helped veteran jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone further refine and define his tone, approach and construction of brilliant solo passages.  Joshua Breakstone has been recognized as a major force in jazz guitar since the late 1970s.  His first recording as a leader, Wonderful!

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8:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

WEMU says Yes! to Agachiko

Garbrielle Agachiko makes her debut on Accurate Records

Agachiko is the group led by Boston-based vocalist, lyricist and composer Gabrielle Agachiko. 

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8:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Sixteen Sunsets by Jane Ira Bloom is good morning music!

Newest offering for soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets.
Credit Outline Records

89.1 Jazz hits a high note this morning with a new CD from soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom – Sixteen Sunsets – and a beloved classic – My Favorite Things – from  John Coltrane.  Linda Yohn is in with 89.1 Jazz at 9 streaming on and on 89.1 WEMU.

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1:24 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Paul Keller Orchestra celebrates 25 years of Jazz in Michigan

Credit Courtesy photo

This evening marks an Ann Arbor music milestone. Bassist Paul Keller celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Paul Keller Orchestra. 

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First Listen
11:48 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

First Listen: Rosanne Cash, 'The River & The Thread'

Rosanne Cash's The River & The Thread comes out Jan. 14.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 10:34 am

It's tempting — and, really, accurate — to describe Rosanne Cash's new album as a literary effort. The singer-songwriter is also a published author, and her last album, 2009's The List, was a writer's game: Its 12 tracks abridged her famous father Johnny's 100-song lexicon of essentials, which he gave to his then-teenaged daughter as a legacy and a challenge.

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2:54 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Remembering Musical Passings of 2013

The Groove Yard remembers some of the musicians who passed this year, including Yusef Lateef, one of George's all-time favorites.

Before turning the page on 2013, The Groove Yard's George Klein gave tribute to many artists that left the music community in 2013. 

George compiled a list, below. However, it is not intended to be complete. It is a list of passings in music (mostly jazz and blues) and in music and creative culture that George learned about during the year and verified through various networks.

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8:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Yuletide Hideaway by Karrin Allyson discovered and shared on WEMU

The inviting cover begs you to come in, relax, listen and enjoy!


Yuletide Hideaway  by Karrin Allyson should not be hidden in the corner of the WEMU stacks.  This is one of the finest Christmas jazz recordings released in a great while.  

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6:07 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Nine Months In Nigeria, One Brilliant, Difficult Funk Musician

Since recording in the 1970s and '80s, Nigerian William Onyeabor has dropped off the music map.
Courtesy of the artist

Yale Evelev, head of world music label Luaka Bop, digs up information about great-but-forgotten musicians for a living. His quest to compile and release the work of Nigerian funk legend William Onyeabor, though, was a unique challenge.

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1:38 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

Orpheum Bell Live in Studio

Jeremy with Orpheum Bell
Credit Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Before their December 15th performance at The Ark, Orpheum Bell stopped by the 89.1 WEMU studios to talk to us on the The Roots Music Project for a live interview and performance.

Listen to the full performance and interview here:

Orpheum Bell Live in the 89.1 WEMU Studios--12/7/13

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11:56 am
Thu November 28, 2013

2013 Thanksgiving Food Song Festival!

Thanksgiving is one of America’s greatest days of celebration - and great food! WEMU gets you in the mood with our annual Food Song Festival! Today we're celebrating the cooks, the diners and the delicacies from soup, salad and savory main courses to dessert and drinks. And – we have fun!

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10:53 am
Sun November 24, 2013

Harrison Kennedy and Harmonica Shah - Real Detroit Blues Through and Through

Harrison Kennedy
Credit Courtesy photo / Electro-Fi

While Chicago may be America’s blues mecca, Detroiters are making a significant international impact in blues today, especially Seward Shah, better known as "Harmonica Shah”.  Now on the illustrious Electro-Fi label from Toronto, Detroiter Harmonica Shah has not changed his gritty, earthy, raw and rocking urban blues style one iota.  His songs reflect the deep heartbreak of living in present day Detroit while his classic harmonica licks reflects the birth of urban blues by Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Jr. Lockwood and Otis Spann.  If you were ever tempted to think that real blues is a thing of the past, Havin’ Nothin Don’t Bother Me by Harmonica Shah will banish that thought.

MORE: Enter to Win this Electro-Fi CD set from WEMU-FM

Harrison Kennedy’s new Electro-Fi CD, Soulscape is another masterpiece of basic blues with Detroit connections.  Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Harrison Kennedy gained national fame as a member of the Detroit R&B group, The Chairmen Of The Board. They recorded for the Holland-Dozier-Holland Invictus label with hits such as Give Me Just A Little More Time and Skin I’m In. Edward Holland gave Kennedy 75 dollars to buy a guitar which he used to write many hits for the group.  

Harrison Kennedy is still a prolific songwriter but has added a variety of acoustic instruments to his blues arsenal.  On Soulscape you will hear his proficiency on banjo, mandolin, harmonica, spoons, fife, percussion and bread pan!  But, what will really touch you is his pliant voice and the poetry of his heartfelt lyrics.  His songs examine the eternal human condition and our modern miseries.  As with Havin’ Nothin Don’t Bother Me, by Harmonica Shah, Soulscape by Harrison Kennedy will satisfy your soul’s craving for serious blues and roots music.

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Live Music
4:48 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz - Ron Brooks Trio at Rush Street

Ron Brooks plays @ Rush Street, Friday, December 7th - 5:01 pm to 7 pm.

89.1 WEMU-FM and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman.

 Join us for a 5:01 celebration of music with Sunny Wilkinson, Sven Anderson on keys, and George Davidson on the drums, and Ron Brooks on bass.

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4:45 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

'Endless Mysteries' by George Colligan: lasting contribution to jazz piano trio repertoire

George Colligan's “The Endless Mysteries” is now available
Credit Courtesy photo

Piano-bass-drums.  How often have you heard a WEMU host repeat that instrumental combination?  More than you can count.  Yet, this trio format remains a source of endless variation and fascination.  A prime example of the possibilities is the new CD The Endless Mysteries by pianist George Colligan. 

 You have heard WEMU hosts repeat Colligan’s name for twenty years.   We discovered him in 1993 as the pianist for saxophonist Ron Holloway.  His debut recording as a leader, Activism followed in 1996 on Steeplechase Records.  Since then Colligan has created a body of work for solo piano and ensemble that deserves consideration for his compositions and technique.  

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